Insider Talk: Regina-born QB Mike Beaudry, Ambrosie’s priorities & the golden age of Canadians in the NFL

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another edition of Insider Talk.

This weekly feature on 3DownNation includes anonymous quotes from people around the CFL. It’s a combination of insight, analysis, rumours, and friendly gossip.

Enjoy this week’s quotes and come back next Wednesday for another edition of Insider Talk.

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We’re about to enter the golden age of Canadian players in the NFL. (Chase) Claypool and (John) Metchie III are going to be stars, plus you’ve got guys like Neville Gallimore, Jevon Holland, Josh Palmer, and Chuba Hubbard who could really be good, too. I hope that inspires more Canadians to play this game and see how far they can go.




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(Draft-eligible Canadian quarterback) Mike Beaudry might be better than Michael O’Connor. He’s not as good as (2020 second-round draft pick) Nathan Rourke, but he can sling it.

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The fact that we have a date for the global draft (April 15) but not the national draft tells you exactly where Randy Ambrosie’s priorities are.

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I’m glad the league doesn’t have those two territorial picks in the draft this year. They were a bad idea. Teams like to draft local anyway because they’re worried guys will sign with their home team after their rookie deals are up. If you had restricted free agency, that would happen a lot less while giving players and fans a chance to really build a relationship.

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Hamilton, Winnipeg and Saskatchewan have the most non-offensive touchdowns combined over recent seasons. That’s their secret to success when they didn’t have quarterbacks making top dollar. Let’s see how they do in the future, especially the Bombers and Riders who gave substantial raises to Zach Collaros and Cody Fajardo.

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Henoc Muamba is holding out hope for a team to get desperate and pay him $150,000. We’ll see if it happens.

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Some teams didn’t like (B.C. Lions’ running back) Kayden Johnson in the draft (last year) because he was a theatre major at York. His injuries hurt his stock, too, but the acting thing rubbed some of the old school guys the wrong way.

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The Argonauts have the best Canadian talent in the league.

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